Shel Silverstein

(September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999 / Chicago/ Illinois)

Backward Bill - Poem by Shel Silverstein

Backward Bill, Backward Bill,
He lives way up on Backward Hill,
Which is really a hole in the sandy ground
(But that's a hill turned upside down).

Backward Bill's got a backward shack
With a big front porch that's built out back.
You walk through the window and look out the door
And the cellar is up on the very top floor.

Backward Bill he rides like the wind
Don't know where he's going but sees where he's been.
His spurs they go 'neigh' and his horse it goes 'clang,'
And his six-gun goes 'gnab,' it never goes 'bang.'

Backward Bill's got a backward pup,
They eat their supper when the sun comes up,
And he's got a wife named Backward Lil,
'She's my own true hate,' says Backward Bill.

Backward Bill wears his hat on his toes
And puts on his underwear over his clothes.
And come every payday he pays his boss,
And rides off a-smilin' a-carryin' his hoss.

Comments about Backward Bill by Shel Silverstein

  • Susan Williams (10/11/2015 8:30:00 PM)

    I cannot resist the charm and originality of Silverstein, he is awesome for children and adults (Report) Reply

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  • Kewayne Wadley (10/11/2015 2:54:00 PM)

    Nicce! ! Great post!
    I loved reading this lol I've read it three times already
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  • Kim Barney (10/11/2015 1:09:00 PM)

    Ah, Shel Silverstein, one of my favorite poets! This silly bit of nonsense was just what I needed to get me smiling today. His poem 'Crowded Tub' I especially like;
    There are too many kids in this tub.
    There are too many elbows to scrub.
    I just washed a behind
    that I'm sure wasn't mine;
    There are too many kids in this tub.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 2, 2015

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